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 on: February 22, 2019, 10:54:06 PM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Kurt Kummer
Sounds like you're on it Ric.  Good job!  Just thinking out loud I wonder if the film might be filed under New Guinea, or Lae, or aircraft, or 1937, or Electra, or NR16020 or something?

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 on: February 22, 2019, 06:59:46 AM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Ric Gillespie
Here’s where we stand on the Last Takeoff film.   When Elgen Long was researching his 1999 book, the film was at the National Library of Australia in Canberra (as he footnoted). I talked to a librarian at the NLA. The film is no longer there.  Some time in the 1990s all of the audio-visual material in the NLA was transferred to the new National Film & Sound Archive, also in Canberra. I phoned them and an archivist couldn’t find anything listed under Sid (or Syd) Marshall or Amelia Earhart.  He referred me to the collections manager but there was no one at that number, so I wrote an email.  Seems like the film must be there somewhere. It occurred to me that we may be searching under the wrong name.  The Aussies always referred to her as Amelia Putnam. I mentioned that in my email.  They acknowledged receipt of my email and said they’d get back to me within five days.

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 on: February 21, 2019, 07:17:42 PM 
Started by Kenton E. Spading - Last post by Kenton E. Spading
I have researching the lost Norwich City sailors since 1998.  This paper discusses my research to-date.

https://ameliaearhartarchaeology.blogspot.com/2019/01/lost-norwich-city-crewmen-potential.html

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 on: February 21, 2019, 02:10:26 PM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Ric Gillespie
Were there no auction records for the 99's print of the film?

No, the auction story is not documented and must be considered rumor.  All we know for sure is that the film never made it to Oke City.

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 on: February 21, 2019, 02:06:55 PM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Matt Revington
Ric, when thus came up on the forum a couple of years ago you wrote (Re: Final Takeoff film
« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2016, 04:57:02 PM »)
 "The film was allegedly shot in 16mm by someone named Sid Marshall (all we know about him is his name). Somehow the 99s in Oklahoma City ended up with a copy.  'Long about 1987, T.C. "Buddy" Brennan talked somebody at the EAA into producing a film to go along with his book "Witness To The Execution" (Renaissance House, 1988).  The film included the home video interviews Brennan had shot with the islanders who were, of course, witnesses to Earhart's execution by the Japanese.  To make the film more interesting, the EAA asked the 99s to loan them their copy of the Last Takeoff film.  The EAA made an analog video (VHS) dub of the 99s 16mm film and included it in the Witness To The Execution film.  (Here's where it gets good.)  Instead of returning the 16mm print to Oklahoma City the EAA gave it to a former president of the 99s who lived near Oshkosh. She assured them she would return it to Oke City.  She didn't.  She kept it along with other memorabilia she had forgotten to return to the 99s.  When she died, her son, the executor of her estate, auctioned off all her stuff out of resentment for the attention his mother paid to the 99s and not to him. The EAA never knew about it until the 99s inquired about the whereabouts of their film.  By then the deed was done."

Were there no auction records for the 99's print of the film?

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 on: February 20, 2019, 08:03:15 AM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Ric Gillespie
See how the water puffs up and blows away?  I wonder if that's what happened in Lae. 
In the Oakland takeoff film, the water puffs up behind the tire as you would expect.  In the Lae takeoff film the "puff" erupts under the centerline of the fuselage.

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 on: February 20, 2019, 03:04:42 AM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Kurt Kummer
Here's a little clip of NR16020 and Amelia getting ready for the flight.  Notice right at the end when the plane splashes through puddles on takeoff.  See how the water puffs up and blows away?  I wonder if that's what happened in Lae.  It'd sure be interesting to know if the antenna wire came off that day.  Maybe Syd's 16mm movie will tell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieCk60JD_Qc

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 on: February 19, 2019, 07:06:41 PM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Ric Gillespie
That’s not the Marshall film but it might be interesting.

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 on: February 19, 2019, 06:27:19 PM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Karen Hoy
A search of the National Film and Sound Archive website found only a few film items under Earhart's name and none under Marshall's. This is the only one that seems sort of close:

http://colsearch.nfsa.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;page=0;query=earhart,%20amelia;rec=1;resCount=10

Here is their contact info:

https://www.nfsa.gov.au/contact-us

Karen Hoy

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 on: February 19, 2019, 03:16:24 PM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Ric Gillespie
TIGHAR Researcher Bill Davenport had this reply from the Australian Aviation Museum back in 2016.

Hi Bill,
The museum does not have a copy of the 1937 film.  Our chief librarian viewed the film some years ago, but the museum never acquired a copy.

When Sid Marshall died, his business partner Jack Davis or Davies took over the business.  Jack is now in poor health, reportedly also with dymentia.  It is reported that his wife has many of the business records etc, but is not happy to handle enquiries.

It may be that the national film archives has a copy of the film you are looking for.

Regards

Mike McGree
Museum Coordinator

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